This week I had the privilege of speaking to Southern Baptist state evangelism directors at the headquarters for the North American Mission Board in Atlanta, GA. My topic was “witnessing and worldviews.” I shared biblical imperatives that I see as essential for our conversations about faith in an increasingly secular age.
Is sin a big deal? Not really. Do all religions lead to God. Probably. Is truth objective? Nope. The “State of Theology” results are in, and they aren’t good.
Last week I had the wonderful privilege of talking with a group of students who are part of an mutlifaith fellowship at a university in the northeast. Their leader, a friend I’ve known for several years, reached out to plan the conference call. The only problem was that I was teaching a class at Cedarville during the time they requested, so we just allowed my class to listen in. It was a lot of fun.
Imagine Satan walking down your street asking for favors. Well, on October 31st, it’s not that hard to do. But actually it is. That kid with horns, a pitchfork, and a long red tail doesn’t really present the kind of demonic temptation we find in the Bible. Go ahead and give the kid candy, but he really should find a better role model for choosing a costume. Good grief.
Luther didn’t mince words. He was ticked. He found the theological illiteracy of the people sickening. He blamed the pastors. And so he wrote a short instructional guide for them to begin discipling the simple and the young. He launched the Reformation. Now he was launching local church youth ministry.
Evangelicals can be guilty of aiming their public witness in the wrong direction. Some might think the primary target for evangelical political engagement is Spock, the character from Star Trek, who is a middle-aged, highly educated, white male who operates purely according to reason and lives in outer space.